The White-Rodgers company, established in 1936, is a division of Emerson Climate Technologies. Batteries are used in White-Rodgers battery-operated and battery-backup thermostats. Leaking batteries in thermostat model number 1F88 have created a potential fire risk. Test results indicate that this thermostat model's circuitry potentially causes the batteries to leak electrolytes. This leakage may result in overheating of the unit. According to Avista Utilities in Spokane, Washington, White-Rodgers has submitted an action plan to the Consumer Product Safety Commission for approval. White-Rodgers recommends that this thermostat model be used without batteries.
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Verify that the thermostat is model number 1F88. That model's circuitry is the potential problem. The batteries provide backup power to the thermostat's clock during a power outage. The unit functions without the batteries. Reset the clock after an interruption in power service.
Remove the cover from the thermostat. Pull the ribbon to release both batteries. Do not insert new batteries into the battery compartment. Return the thermostat cover on to the unit.
Discard the batteries. Contact the local public works department or recycling centre for proper disposal in your area.
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